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Massachusetts woman pleads guilty to lying to get $4M loan

May. 23, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who lied to a bank about her company's financial condition and even submitted falsified documentation to get a $4.2 million loan has pleaded guilty to fraud. Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old Beth Zastawny, of Ludlow, pleaded guilty in Springfield federal court on...

Westfield students bake 1,000 cupcakes for 350th birthday

May. 23, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — When the city celebrated its 350th birthday, students from Westfield Technical Academy brought the cake. Lots of cake. For the past two months students studying culinary arts have been baking 1,000 cupcakes in between learning new skills, running the school restaurant and catering...

Massachusetts officer shoots, injures man wielding knife

May. 22, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police officer has shot and injured a possibly suicidal man who refused to drop a knife he was holding. A spokesman for the Hampden district attorney says Chicopee police responded to an apartment at about 1 a.m. Wednesday for a well-being check after a caller said he...

MGM discontinues talks with Wynn on Encore Boston purchase

May. 21, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — MGM Resorts International says it will no longer pursue buying Encore Boston Harbor from Wynn Resorts. MGM said Tuesday that stakeholders have concerns. It owns a casino in Springfield and wouldn't have been allowed to operate two in Massachusetts. Wynn Resorts says it agreed to end...

Springfield police investigating 'unattended death'

May. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police say they are now investigating the death of a man found with stab wounds in Springfield as an "unattended death." Officers responded to Boston Road at about 7 p.m. Saturday for reports of several men fighting. Police found the man nearby with a knife next to his body....

Man wanted in Massachusetts shooting found in North Carolina

May. 18, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A man on the Massachusetts State Police most wanted list in connection with the shooting of a woman during a robbery has been arrested in North Carolina. Authorities say 21-year-old Aleczander Liriano, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was captured Friday afternoon outside a home in...

Wynn and MGM in talks about sale of Encore Boston casino

May. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two major casino operators said Friday they were in preliminary talks about the possible sale of one of the largest casinos in the Northeast. Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International said in a joint statement they've engaged in conversations about the potential sale of Encore Boston Harbor....

2 Massachusetts officers cleared on charges of raping woman

May. 9, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two Massachusetts police officers have been acquitted of charges that they raped the same woman. Springfield officers Joshua Figueroa and Derrick Gentry-Mitchell were found not guilty by a judge Thursday in a jury-waived trial in Hampden Superior Court. The woman said she had been...

Man charged in unprovoked attack at coffee shop

May. 8, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a man for what they call an unprovoked attack at a Massachusetts coffee shop. West Springfield police say in a Facebook post they responded to a Dunkin' Donuts at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a fight. They say the suspect, Miguel Gonzalez,...

Man charged with killing 3 faces April 2020 trial

May. 7, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged will killing three women whose bodies were found on his property will go to trial next year. The Republican newspaper reports that the prosecution and defense told a judge Monday they have selected April 16, 2020, for the start of 41-year-old Stewart...